03/19/2014 A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

As you know, President James B. Milliken has accepted the position of chancellor of the City University of New York and soon will be leaving Nebraska. I’m very pleased to tell you that at our meeting on Friday, the Board of Regents will consider the appointment of James Linder, M.D., of Omaha, as interim president, effective May 3, 2014.

Dr. Linder is very familiar with the university, having served in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in the Office of the President on a full- or part-time basis for more than 30 years. Currently, he is senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corporation. He also recently chaired the successful search for the new UNMC chancellor.

Dr. Linder holds an appointment as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, where he received his medical degree and has served on the faculty since 1983. During that time, he has held a number of administrative positions, including vice chair of pathology, director of surgical pathology and cytopathology, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the College of Medicine, associate vice chancellor for research and CEO of UNeMed. He also has extensive experience in the private sector.

Dr. Linder is widely published and holds multiple patents. He and his wife, Karen Linder, founded and manage Linseed Capital, which supports early-stage startup companies in the Midwest.

The Board of Regents considered several outstanding candidates for interim president, and Dr. Linder emerged as our consensus top choice to lead the university during this period of transition. He is deeply committed to our mission to serve Nebraskans through teaching, research and service, and he understands how important it is to maintain the momentum each campus is experiencing today because of your hard work. We believe he will do an excellent job.

Dr. Linder will spend the month of April working closely with President Milliken to help ensure a smooth transition. We expect him to remain interim president until the national search is successfully completed and the new president begins. He and the Board have mutually agreed that he will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Much work remains for my colleagues on the Board and me as we continue the presidential search. President Milliken will be difficult to replace, but we are committed to finding the right person who can build on the University of Nebraska’s impressive trajectory. We hope you will continue to provide us your feedback on the search at www.nebraska.edu/presidentsearch.

Thank you for your commitment and contribution to the success of the University of Nebraska.


Howard L. Hawks
Board of Regents

Date Recipient
03/11/2014 Applications, Inquiries and Nominations

The University of Nebraska recruits and encourages individuals, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs. Acceptance of applications, inquiries, and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to send a detailed letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Electronic correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may be submitted to the same e-mail address or one can contact the search firm representatives at the address or phone number listed below.

im David Bellshaw and Bernard Jones
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally under represented.

02/06/2013 Steering Committee / Executive Committee
The Online Worldwide Steering Committee, appointed by the President in consultation with Chancellors, includes the Distance Education Director at each campus and representatives of key stakeholder organizations within the University. The Steering Committee will provide advice on budgeting and strategic planning, and may recommend changes in distance education fees and financial protocols and other policies. On operational issues, the Steering Committee functions in an advisory capacity. When addressing policy and procedure issues, especially on new policies or revisions to existing policies, the steering committee will vote and their approval will be used to send the policy up to a higher level as needed.

Committee Members
Name Campus Title
Mary Niemiec* CA Assoc. Vice President for Distance Education, Director, Online Worldwide
Sharon Stephan CA Assoc. Vice President for Communications and Marketing, VP for University Affairs
Marty Mahler CA Executive Director, Nebraska P-16
Gloria Vavricka* UNK Director, eCampus
Kenya Taylor UNK Dean, Graduate Studies/Research
Marie Barber* UNL Executive Director, Office of Online & Distance Education
Chris Marvin UNL Assoc. Professor, Advisor/Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education
Alan Cerveny UNL Dean of Academic Services and Enrollment Management
Jane Meza UNMC Director of Center for Research Design & Analysis, College of Public Health
Jan Tompkins* UNMC Director of Academic/Student Affairs, School of Allied Health
Lanyce Keel* UNO Director of Academic Computing, Academic Partnerships for Instruction
David Boocker UNO Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

*Executive Committee - distance education director from each campus
03/06/2014 Presidential Search
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